Title: Attitudes to Mental Illness and Its Demographic Correlates among General Population in Singapore
year: 2016
Journal: PLoS One
Volume: 11
Issue: 11
Pages: e0167297
Epubdate: 29/11/2016
Alternate Journal: PloS one
ISSN: 1932-6203
Legal note: PMC5125689
Article Number: 27893796
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Public attitudes to mental illness could influence how the public interact with, provide opportunities for, and help people with mental illness. AIMS: This study aims to explore the underlying factors of the Attitudes to Mental Illness questionnaire among the general population in Singapore and the socio-demographic correlates of each factor. METHODS: From March 2014 to April 2015, a nation-wide cross-sectional survey on mental health literacy with 3,006 participants was conducted in Singapore. RESULTS: Factor analysis revealed a 4-factor structure for the Attitudes to Mental Illness questionnaire among the Singapore general population, namely social distancing, tolerance/support for community care, social restrictiveness, and prejudice and misconception. Older age, male gender, lower education and socio-economic status were associated with more negative attitudes towards the mentally ill. Chinese showed more negative attitudes than Indians and Malays (except for prejudice and misconception). CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for culture-specific interventions, and the associated factors identified in this study should be considered for future attitude campaigns.
Notes: 1932-6203 Yuan, Qi Abdin, Edimansyah Picco, Louisa Vaingankar, Janhavi Ajit Shahwan, Shazana Jeyagurunathan, Anitha Sagayadevan, Vathsala Shafie, Saleha Tay, Jenny Chong, Siow Ann Subramaniam, Mythily Journal Article United States PLoS One. 2016 Nov 28;11(11):e0167297. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167297. eCollection 2016.
URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5125689/pdf/pone.0167297.pdf
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5019
Authors Address: Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.
Database Provider: NLM
language: eng
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